V&A Exhibition Road Quarter by dn&co., United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Poster campaign designed by London-based dn&co. for the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter

Exhibition Road Quarter is a gallery built under, and an extension of, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Although the V&A is known for its commitment to innovation, its spaces within an early twentieth century Grade 1 listed building set limitations, with temporary spaces and retro-fitted interiors proving to be cramped and inflexible. Without the possibility of outward expansion, the V&A explored the subterranean, itself embracing innovation in architecture and engineering, to create new modern spaces with greater scale and opportunity, beneath. To celebrate the architecture of AL_A, and to tease and announce the grand opening, design studio dn&co. worked with the V&A to develop a campaign of posters and banners. These were unified by the line “A New Way In” and based around the concept of concealing and then revealing through layers.

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BP&O Collections — Inserts

Selected by Richard Baird.

BP&O Collections — Inserts

A continually updated gallery of graphic identity design work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that feature an insert component. Where inserts have traditionally sat loosely within newspapers and magazines, quite separate from content and often adverts, the examples here are bound in and characterised by a proportional difference, either smaller than the cover, punctuating content in size, colour and content, or oversized, protruding from cover, teasing content. Their intentions vary, some simply divide content and signal change, others augment image with technical insight, or build layers, juxtaposing image to emphasis or bring new meaning.

This post features work by Kurppa Hosk, Multiadaptor and Richards Partners, and covers a variety of projects, from architecture and property development to university prospectus’ and exhibitions. Highlights include AKU’s use of fluorescent colour reflected onto oversized inserts, the oversized portfolio-like cover of Studio Hi Ho’s brochure for Whitlam Place, and the layering and contrast employed by Spy for their work with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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CCA Architecture by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic identity, posters, brochure and signage by Manual for The Architecture Division of the California College of the Arts

The Architecture Division of the California College of the Arts (CCA) is an internationally recognised leader in architecture and interior design education. Its programs, which focus on digital technologies and material systems, design research and urban agency, were developed to prepare students for creative practice where material innovation and formal experimentation meet social engagement and cultural collaboration. CCA Architecture strives to develop the next generation of architects and designers, those who will go on to shape the future of the built environment.

American studio Manual worked with the college to develop a unifying graphic identity for the division, to differentiate it within an art college, and strengthen its wide ranging communication materials, those that are aimed at prospective international students, faculty members and visiting lecturers. Using a simple /\ motif, and employing a variety in its implementation, Manual find an interesting balance between the structural, the material and the digital across brochures, posters and wayfinding.

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